What to do in Grayton Beach State Recreation Area

Grayton Beach State Recreation Area's name comes from the neighboring township of Grayton Beach, one of the oldest townships along the Gulf of Mexico in Walton County.

Obtained through a land lease from the Florida Board of Education in 1964, Grayton Beach was dedicated and opened in 1968.

Salt spray and wind pruning, two of nature's landscaping tools, are seen everywhere. What sometimes appears to be "bushes" in the dunes are often full-size slash pines and southern magnolia trees with only their tops protruding from the drifting sand. Also found within the park boundaries are pine flatwoods and scrub. Scenic Western Lake is ringed by extensive salt marsh.

Visitors to Grayton Beach State Recreation area will join the numerous shorebirds who love to search for live morsels washed upon the Gulf's emerald edge. Other wildlife enjoying the 1.7-miles of beach is the sea turtles that often nest here during the summer months. Foot traffic is prohibited on sand dunes and in nesting areas. A relatively quaint 37-site campground awaits at the edge of Western Lake. Full-service amenities and ranger-led talks entertain campers around the campfire. The park provides a boat ramp for anglers and boaters. Saltwater species are caught in the surf, while both fresh and saltwater fish are caught in the lake's brackish water. A nature trail winds among coastal habitat. An accompanying brochure describes the plant communities. Picnicking is enjoyed at the park in several locations. A pavilion overlooking the Gulf is reservable. Swimming along the one mile of shoreline is very popular for visitors.

Located north of State Route 30-A, the park owns approximately 1,000 acres. Less than one mile west of the park lays another state-owned parcel. At both tracts, visitors can look to the near future for more hiking, biking, and beach activities.

Grayton Beach State Recreation Area offers hiking, swimming, salt and freshwater fishing, sunbathing, camping, and picnicking.

Grayton Beach State Park is one of Florida's panhandle state park beaches. The park is on State Route 30-A, south of U.S. Highway 98.

The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

357 Main Park Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Phone: 850-231-4210

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